A rock'n'roll idol is drafted into the wrong regiment.


John Gilling


John Antrobus (screenplay), William Camp (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Bendix ... Sgt. Lush
Anthony Newley ... Jeep Jackson
Anne Aubrey ... Caroline
Lionel Jeffries ... Burton Bassett
Sidney James ... Herbie
David Lodge ... Shorty
William Kendall ... C.O.
Dilys Laye ... Rene
Bernie Winters Bernie Winters ... Joseph Jackson
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Ernie
Harry Fowler ... Ron
Percy Herbert ... Sergeant (Hebrides)
Rosamund Greenwood Rosamund Greenwood ... Spinster
Roderick Cook Roderick Cook ... Nobby
Gordon Boyd Gordon Boyd ... Cpl. Nerking (as Gordon Needham)


A rock'n'roll idol is drafted into the wrong regiment.

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In one scene, Anthony Newley and his pals go the cinema where a movie called The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) is playing. This is an inside joke; it was one of Newley's and David Lodge's earlier films. See more »


Thee convertible that Sid James is driving changes from a Ford Consul to a Zephyr and back to a Consul during the escape from the theatre. See more »


Features The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) See more »


I've Waited So Long
by Gerry Laundan and Len Praverman
Arranged by Bill Shepherd
Performed by Anthony Newley (uncredited)
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Very dated - without too many laughs.
1 July 2020 | by geoffm60295See all my reviews

The whole genre of films concerning national service reached their zenith with films such as 'Carry on Sergeant' - a genuinely funny attempt to portray army life for the new unwilling recruits - and then there was the long running TV series, 'The Army Game.' However, by the time 'Idol on Parade' came along, this vein of humour was already drying up! Watching it seemed like hard work, with the usual painful jokes about new raw army conscripts and their relationships with the stereotypical noisy, bullying sergeant, played by the burly American actor William Bendix, who for the sake of authenticity plays the part as an Irishman, but his accent and bluster doesn't really convince. Just for good measure you had the 'silly arse' posh, chinless wonder officer played by Lionel Jeffries, whose efforts to be permanently exasperated become tiresome and an irritant. The other problem is the age of the actors. David Lodge looks middle aged as does Bendix. As for the star of the film, Anthony Newley, he looks far from being being a fresh faced young man in his late teens and more like someone in his early 30's. The songs are only 'so so' with Newley looking like a crooner rather than an edgy and rebellious rock idol who will ignite the passions of teenage pop fans. The film tries too hard to be funny and the scenes are too contrived. The ending of national service a few years later mercifully marked the end of this genre of film.

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24 March 1959 (UK) See more »

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Idolo en apuros See more »

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Mono (Westrex)

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2.35 : 1
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